Coaches Corner: Basic Nutrition For Swimmers!

By Fitter and Faster Staff

Jennifer (VanAssen) Brunelli MS, RD, LDN is a 7-time All American swimmer and Hall of Fame athlete who attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with degrees in Marketing and Management. Jennifer has worked on nutrition education, meal planning, body composition assessments, eating disorders, food intolerances and allergies, corporate wellness, performance kitchen design, supplement analysis, etc. She has worked with a wide range of clientele including age group, masters, and professional athletes, along with collegiate and professional teams. Jennifer is the owner of RDpro, LLC, a nutrition consulting business in the Charlotte area that she opened in July 2011. She worked with the Carolina Panthers for 7 seasons as the sports dietitian working directly with the players. Jennifer is also the sports dietitian in her sixth season for the NASCAR team.

Jennifer joins host Mike Murray to discuss basic nutrition for swimmers, as well as debunking some diet myths!

Jennifer loves the opportunity to help young females gain confidence through knowledge. She is part of the first ever Gatorade Women’s Advisory Board alongside female athletes and impactors such as Abby Wambach (NWSL), Sarah Spain (ESPN), Candace Parker (WNBA), etc. Jennifer is the sports nutritionist for LEAD, a female Olympian run business that stands to help young female athletes gain leadership skills and confidence in and out of their sport. Jennifer is a nutrition spokesperson and wellness resource with numerous corporations and media outlets.

In 2016, she received a BOB award by Charlotte magazine for the Best Dietitian in Charlotte. Jennifer was chosen as part of the Whistle Sports and NFL campaign ‘Unstoppable,’ sharing stories of significant influencers on pro athletes.

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